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Thank you for considering the Spartan Debate Institutes! This section provides information about the deadlines, acceptance policies, and deposits for each of the programs we offer. If you have any questions, please email us at debate@msu.edu.


Admissions Policy
We employ a "monthly rolling admissions" policy, meaning that we release admissions decisions and information at the conclusion of every calendar month. The deadline for consideration of your application in a given monthly cycle is the 20th of that month. For example, an application received March 20th is guaranteed a decision at the end of March. An application received March 25th is guaranteed a decision by the end of April.

Please Note: The application deadline for all sessions is May 17th.


SDI 4 Week Session and Spartan Scholars

Acceptance Policy
Selective Acceptance, based on student merit and space considerations. Applications will be evaluated based on many factors, including prior success, coach recommendations, number and quality of tournaments attended, prior institute experience, and upward potential.

Deposit
Regular Applicants can apply without sending in a deposit. Upon acceptance, a $1000 deposit is required to confirm attendance. Failure to submit a deposit on time may result in the forfeiture of admission. Deposits are non-refundable, and may be made by check, money order, or at https://commerce.cashnet.com/msu_3291.

Early Deposit Discount: Students who send in their application and $1,000 deposit by April 5 will receive a $200 discount off the total price of 4 Week or Spartan Scholars session if they are accepted. Students who are not accepted can either have their deposit applied to another session of the SDI or have their payment refunded. Deposits are non-refundable for accepted students.

Payment Deadline
After the deposit is submitted, the balance of the tuition is due at or before registration. Please do not pay the balance of tuition until you have received your acceptance and confirmation.

Refund Policy
All deposits are non-refundable for accepted students. Any tuition paid beyond the deposit is refundable before the start of the program. After the start of the program, all tuition and payments are non-refundable. By making a payment to the Spartan Debate Institute, you are hereby consenting to this refund policy and agree that decisions regarding refunds are made at the sole discretion of the Director of the Spartan Debate Institutes and are final. 

What to expect after applying
Each applicant will receive an email confirming our receipt of their application. Additional information about attendance will be emailed closer to the start of the institute.


SDI 2 Week Session

Acceptance Policy
Open Acceptance, as long as your application and deposit are received on time.

Deposit
Regular Applicants can apply without sending in a deposit. Upon acceptance, a $300 deposit is required to confirm attendance. Failure to submit a deposit on time may result in the forfeiture of admission. Deposits are non-refundable, and may be made by check, money order, or at https://commerce.cashnet.com/msu_3291.

Payment Deadline
After the deposit is submitted, the balance of the tuition is due at or before registration.

Refund Policy
All deposits are non-refundable for accepted students. Any tuition paid beyond the deposit is refundable before the start of the program. After the start of the program, all tuition and payments are non-refundable. By making a payment to the Spartan Debate Institute, you are hereby consenting to this refund policy and agree that decisions regarding refunds are made at the sole discretion of the Director of the Spartan Debate Institutes and are final. 

What to expect after applying
Each applicant will receive an email confirming our receipt of their application. Accepted students will receive packets with their admissions confirmation, a medical form, a university release form, and additional information to be reviewed and/or filled out by the student and their parents at the conclusion of that monthly admissions cycle.


Financial Aid / Scholarships

The SDI offers limited need-based financial assistance. Our revised SDI Scholarship Application is available as a PDF document. Instructions and details are on the application itself. Please remember that scholarship applications must be received on or before April 26 to be considered. Please note that this is BEFORE the overall application deadline. Scholarship applications must be emailed to debate@msu.edu with sensitive financial info (e.g. social security numbers) redacted.